It goes without saying; in the next decade, Sufjan Stevens will overtake The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne in the eccentricity grand rally. The eclectic indie singer announced earlier yesterday that he was teaming up with The National’s Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and his drummer James McAlister to lay down a soundtrack to their 2013 live show Planetarium.
It probably doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure the concept: the album, which will be released in June will feature musical tributes to each of the planets, other notable cosmic characters, with a track entitled 'In The Beginning'.
The space-themed super-band debuted 'Saturn', the album's stellar first track, yesterday. Featuring fuzzed-out sci-fi movie synths, and Sufjan's character voice pushed through an eerie vocoder, reminiscent of 'The Age of Adz'-period experimentation. The lyrics are super-creepy (Tell me I'm evil/A capricorn creature/Take this body/Blood shed for you) and probably best meditated on while drifting aimlessly through space's wide-open void.
In the meantime, while our musical compatriots look to the sun, we're dreaming of a Neil deGrasse Tyson live show colab. They've got a couple of months.
Check out the hazy video for 'Saturn' below.